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Waistcoat

A close-fitting upper-body garment with a neckline, sometime with special front fit, it can be single- or double-breasted. The front part is usually cut from the same fabric as the suit, the back part is cut from lining. The origin of the waistcoat dates back to the time of Louis XIV., when it had sleeves and the same shape as the overcoat, its front was flamboyant and at home it was worn as gown. In 18th century it looses the sleeves, is shortened, during the period of biedermeier it becomes a dominant point of men's clothing as to the colours and not sooner than from about middle of 20th century it becomes an integral part of a man's suit. After an efficient heating of offices and public places was introduced it has been worn less.



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